While it’s a well-known fact that shedding pounds consists of a two-part system of—combining exercise with consuming fewer, more healthier calories—what you may not know is that there’s actually a third component: your mind.
Losing weight can oftentimes be just as much mental as it is physical. We’ve outlined three negative thought patterns impacting your weight loss and provided the guidance you need to get your head back in the game.
Thought: You want results right away.
If you’re the type of person who wanted results yesterday, you may be stunting your progress from the very beginning. While it’s important to have goals and specific timelines, you must ensure that they’re realistic and don’t affect you negatively. For example, according to Patient.co.uk, losing weight too fast can actually cause your body to lose muscle.
So, instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds in one month, give yourself a more reasonable timeline, such as three to four months, and be compassionate with yourself along the way.
Thought: You feel like you have no self-control.
Believing that you have no self-control when it comes to motivating yourself to hit the gym or fighting off the temptation to finish off that last sleeve of oreos, is only going to stop you from even trying in the first place. Think of these thoughts as a self-fulfilling prophecy; if you truly believe that you have no self-control, you may be setting yourself up to live out that belief.
To prevent this before it happens, start by creating a mental shift in your thinking. Believe in yourself and your willpower. Use affirmations like, “I am in control,” or “I treasure myself enough to not give up.”
Thought: You make excuses and always say, “just this one time.”
If you really think about it, how many excuses of “just this one time” have you committed? Yes, it may be a friend’s birthday, a special occasion or the holidays, but if you truly want to wake up feeling happier and healthier, it requires making sacrifices or finding smarter alternatives.
Create a motivation board of healthy bodies that inspire you, and always keep healthy snacks like almonds, fruit and greek yogurt, to keep those naughty cravings at bay. Trust us, you’ll feel much better in the long run.